Religion news – Oct. 15

Services and studies

Bible Church of Columbus — Charles Ware, founder and president of Crossroads Bible College of Indianapolis, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Missions Emphasis Sunday services at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 3010 10th St., Columbus.Information: 812-375-9515

Central Heights Church of God — Jim Walters will give the message at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 3151 Sharon Lane in Columbus.

The Life Skills class begins at 9:30 a.m.

Information: 812-372-4857

First Baptist — The Rev. Dan Cash will deliver the message, “Perseverance in Petition,” with Scripture from Luke 18:1-8 at the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service at the church, 3300 Fairlawn Drive in Columbus. Music worship will be led by the WAVE Ringers and the Chancel Choir. Child care is available for infants. Children’s church is provided for toddlers and preschool-age children. Their topic will be “Joseph,” with Scripture from Genesis 40-41.

Live streaming is available for Sunday services at 9:25 a.m. To view, go to or access through the link on the web page.

Classes for all ages will begin at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Children’s classes will study about “Joseph in Egypt,” with Scripture from Genesis 39-41, 45. The youth will meet for game night at 6:33 p.m. at Memorial Baptist Church for Youth-6:33.

The quarterly business meeting will convene at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Men of Faith Bible study will meet at 6:15 a.m. Friday in the private dining room at Four Seasons Retirement Center, 1901 Taylor Road, for breakfast and study. Pastor Cash and Bill Griffith will lead the discussion of “New Wineskins: Faith’s Great Paradigm Shifts.”

Information: 812-376-3321;

First United Methodist — The Rev. Howard Boles will deliver the message, “Sharing Gifts: Our Service,” at both the 9 a.m. traditional and 11 a.m. contemporary services Sunday at the church, 618 Eighth St. in Columbus. Scripture will be James 2:24-26 and Mark 9:33-37. Sunday School classes for children, youth and adults of all ages are available.

A special Sunday school class, “The Basics: The Bible,” led by Pastor Lisa Cottingham will take place Oct. 30. This one-time class will cover core items about the Old and New Testaments.

Sunday Night Connections begins with food available at 5 p.m. Sundays.

The next book club will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, discussing “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana de Rosnay. All are invited to participate.

Everyone is invited to the church Oct. 23 between services to show appreciation to Pastor Howard and Pastor Lisa for their leadership and ministry.

Information: 812-372-2851;

Camp meeting revival services — Bishop Bob Vance and his family will lead a revival at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 to 22 at the former East Columbus Separate Baptist Church, 452 S. Mapleton Street. A dinner also will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 across the street at the Carpenter’s Union Hall at 431 S. Mapleton St. Besides a message, there will be music and prayer for the sick each evening.

Vance was a pastor and bishop in the Church of God denomination at Cathedral of Praise Church in Columbus for 35 years. He now lives in Lakeland, Florida.

Information: 812-447-2121

Old Union United Church of Christ — Pastor Kirby Rupp will deliver the message, “Wrestling Between the Worldly and Divine,” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Scripture will be Genesis 32:22-31, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 and Luke 18:1-8. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. with fellowship at 9:40 a.m.

Wednesday Bible study begins at 6:30 p.m.

Information: 812-526-9430

Petersville United Methodist — The Rev. Jane Noblitt will bring the sermon during the 9 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Petersville. She served as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church for several years and now is serving in Pulpit Supply. She is also involved in the Emmaus retreat movement.

Karen Mize will serve as liturgist and will share Scripture. The adult choir will present special music under the direction of Kathy Bush, accompanied by Chris Kimerling. Teresa Covert will give the children’s message. A time of fellowship will follow the service.

The Monday night Bible study classes will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Kimerling and Nolting homes; the Sit and Stitch group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, also at the Nolting home. Choir practice is held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the church and the Prayer group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at the church under the leadership of Barb Hedrick.

In preparation for the 48th Annual Turkey Supper on Nov. 4 and 5, noodles are being made in the fellowship hall at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Sign-up sheets are available at the church to volunteer for responsibilities for the turkey supper.

Information: Bonnie Burbrink, 812-522-8386

The Walking group meets at 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church, weather permitting. The group will meet at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus, in inclement weather.

United Methodist Women will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church. President Chris Kimerling will conduct business and Patsy Harris will present the program.

Information: 812-546-4438; 574-780-2379

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus — The two church members who traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the recent Parliament of World Religions will share their experiences during the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd.

Information: 812-342-6230

Westside Community — Pastor Dennis Aud will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday at the church, located at the corner of State Road 46 West and Tipton Lakes Boulevard. The message is “A Change of Heart” from I Thessalonians 3:9-13. The children’s program for birth through grade 6 meets at the same time as the service.

Plans are underway for a fall festival to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 29 on the church grounds. The public is invited to attend this day of games, food and a hayride.

Information: 812-342-8464

Old Union United Methodist — Guest Gospel singers Marvin Brown and the Rhythmnaires will perform and the church will have a guest speaker, the Rev. Dick Bailey, at the 10 a.m. Oct. 23 service.

The Lasting Impressions Concert, “Voices for Veterans,” will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 29.

The 200th Anniversary Conclusion Sunday begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 30.

Information: 812-526-9430


Free Methodist concert — Contemporary Christian music veteran Dallas Holm will present a free concert at 10:15 a.m. Oct. 23 at Free Methodist Church, 1511 22nd St., Columbus. Holm, who has performed and recorded since the 1970s, is best known for songs such as “Rise Again” and “I Saw the Lord.” An offering will be received.Information: 812-372-1407

First United Methodist sing-along — A special movie sing-along will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 at the church, 618 Eighth St. Everyone is invited to the evening of fun, laughter and singing on a journey down the yellow brick road. Food will kick it off at 5 p.m. and fellowship with a costume parade begins at 6 p.m. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to wear a costume and bring a friend.


Christian Cross-Cultural Men’s Fellowship Breakfast — An interdenominational Christian Cross-Cultural Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be presented from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 29 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran School Gym, 719 Fifth St., Columbus. Todd Townsend, central Indiana director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, will speak.The event, which draws a diverse audience from a variety of churches, is meant to build bridges of understanding between people of various backgrounds. It will include testimonies, music and worship.

Cost is $5 for person.


Parkside Baptist fall festival — Food, candy, games, door prizes and other activities will be a part of a fall festival from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 1780 Rocky Ford Road, Columbus. Costumes are welcome, but organizers ask youngsters to refrain from anything scary.

Information: 812-372-5889;

First Baptist Trunk or Treat — Halloween will be celebrated with a “Trunk or Treat” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the church parking lot, 3300 Fairlawn Drive.

Information: 812-376-3321;

Lowell General Baptist — The church will be starting revival at 6 p.m. Monday at the church, County Road 200W and South Line Drive, Columbus. Services will start at 7 p.m. for the rest of the revival. The Rev. Scott Harper will be delivering the message each night.

Information: Glenn Poynter, 812-546-4363

Sandy Hook United Methodist — Trunk or treat event with family activities will be from from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 1610 Taylor Road. There will be hot dogs, chips, drinks, family photos, trick or treat from a trunk and more.

The Bev Coleman 5K Memorial Walk/Run will begin at 1 p.m. Nov. 6. Coleman was a member of Sandy Hook who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. Proceeds from the event will go to the youth ministry to love, serve and proclaim in Christ’s name within the community and elsewhere. Cost: $20, those who pre-register receive a T-shirt. Register at

Information: 812-372-8495,

First Christian women’s event — “U-Turn: Trusting God When Life Changes Direction” will be theme of a women’s event from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 12 at First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St. Columbus. Jennifer Shaw will be the speaker, asking females to consider what they should do when life takes a sudden, challenging turn.

She will rely on personal experience to offer insight, hope and will encourage listeners “to embrace the change” via her spoken message and music.

Registration is $20 and is due by Nov. 6.

Information: 812-379-4491,

Seymour First United Methodist — The Seymour First United Methodist Women will sponsor their 15th annual Christmas Bazaar with exhibitors from throughout Indiana displaying their merchandise including clothing, crocheted and knitted items, Christmas decorations, jewelry, embroidered items and candy, cookies and more. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the church, 201 E. Third St., Seymour.

Lunch, along with baked goods and candies, coffee and soft drinks, will be available throughout the day. A silent auction will take place with items ranging from sports tickets, gifts certificates to local restaurants and businesses and more.

Proceeds go to local mission agencies as well as United Methodist mission groups.

Information: Nancy Erp, 812-522-5264

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.